16 versatile kitchen diner ideas

If you're planning on creating a kitchen diner or simply want a bit of inspiration, take a look at these versatile kitchen diners to create the perfect space in your own home

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A kitchen diner is a practical and sociable addition to any home, even if you already have a dining room in another part of the house. A kitchen diner can be useful as a breakfast room, as a quick stop for a meal in a busy household, or a large, open-plan kitchen for people who just love entertaining.

If you’re planning on redesigning your kitchen area, or simply want a bit of inspiration, take a look at these beautiful, flexible and versatile kitchen diners to help you create the perfect family space in your own home.

1. A kitchen diner in a country cottage

 This pretty kitchen diner is separated by a large, traditional butcher’s block, which sits in the middle of the room and acts as a kitchen island. The little dining table is the perfect place to sit for an afternoon coffee at the weekend and read the paper, or even to enjoy a family meal.

country cottage kitchen diner

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2. A pretty Victorian kitchen diner

The white dining table and chairs in this Victorian cottage kitchen complement the neutral room scheme and add to the bright and airy feel of the space. It is the perfect place for an early breakfast on those busy week days.

victorian cottage kitchen diner

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3. Open-plan highland cottage

This open plan kitchen diner, with its eclectic mix of cabinets and storage, is a wonderful place for family meals. There is enough room for a large table with six seats, which doesn’t impact upon the kitchen space.

highland cottage kitchen diner

4. Cottage-style kitchen diner with a window seat

If your kitchen-diner faces a pretty garden, why not install a comfortable bench next to the window? Perfect for an after-dinner tea – just don't forget appropriate window treatments to keep lunchtime sun (or wintery winds) out.  

In this kitchen-diner, the windows have been treated with Roman Blinds by English Blinds. 

Luxury Hardwick Apple Green Roman Blinds Kitchen Diner English Blinds

(Image: © English Blinds)

5. Dining in a Swedish summerhouse

This open-plan kitchen diner is so large, there’s enough space for a family dining table, along with a small children’s tea table for play time. The kitchen runs along the back wall, providing easy access to carry food to the table.

Swedish summerhouse kitchen diner

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6. Colourful kitchen diner

A wall has been part knocked through to create this open-plan kitchen diner. The continuation of wall colour helps to create a seamless transition between the spaces, while the change in flooring defines the separate areas.

Devon farmhouse kitchen diner

7. A kitchen in a Victorian villa

This eclectic kitchen diner is a warm and cosy place for winter dinners, with the traditional range cooker dominating one wall. The dining table sits in the middle of this social space, and opening out to the conservatory and the garden beyond, it is filled with light.


Click here to see the rest of this colourful Victorian villa

8. An off-white kitchen diner colour scheme

Experimenting with different shades of off-white paint can help add dimension to a kitchen-diner, with different tones of white emphasising the different areas of the room.

This airy kitchen-diner has been painted in Slipper Satin, Pointing, and Lime White, all by Farrow & Ball. 

Slipper Satin Kitchen by Farrow & Ball

(Image: © Farrow & Ball)

9. From Swedish smallholding to weekend retreat

Kitchen diners don’t have to be big spaces with lots of room for seating. This small kitchen manages to squeeze in a little table, perfect for breakfast or a quick meal, without the table and chairs encroaching on the cooking space.

a kitchen diner in a swedish smallholding

10. Georgian farmhouse kitchen

This Georgian farmhouse kitchen diner is filled with clever storage, so there’s plenty of space for the large dining table, benches and chairs. The neutral  paint scheme makes the room feel big and bright, and the layout is definitely social.

kitchen diner in a georgian farmhouse

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11. Listed farmhouse kitchen diner

As well as being a place to sit down for lunch or dinner with family and friends, the dining table in this kitchen diner doubles as a food preparation area. The rustic, reclaimed dining table and tiled flooring add character to the room, while the units are simple and practical.

grade-ii listed farmhouse kitchen diner

12. An extendable table for a small kitchen diner

A small kitchen can still be transformed into a kitchen-diner – all  you'll need is a clever kitchen table that folds away when you're not using it. 

This kitchen has been transformed into a kitchen-diner space with the help of the Toaster Flip Flop Kitchen Table from Loaf. 

Toaster flip top kitchen table by Loaf

(Image: © Loaf)

13. A colour accent kitchen diner

Adding interest to a kitchen diner is easy: pick a colour and accessorise with window treatments, decorative items, and tableware in shades of that colour. 

This classic off-white kitchen-diner has been refreshed with green glassware, chairs, and Lime Green Roman Blinds from English Blinds. 

English Blinds Green Kitchen Blinds Luxury Lime Green Roman Blinds

(Image: © English Blinds)

14. A modern twist on the classic diner with bar stools

Create an inviting breakfast area in your kitchen diner with comfortable and good-looking chairs – choose bar chairs with backs rather than backless stools, which can be uncomfortable. 

This kitchen diner has had a modern twist added with modern pendant lights and colourful Moda Bar Chairs.  

Moda Bar Stool- Pastel Green with Copper and Natural Legs

(Image: © Cult Furniture)

15. An upcycled kitchen diner

This small kitchen is home to a tiny breaksfast table, a perfect spot for two people to relax over afternoon tea. The table is small enough that it doesn’t impact upon the space too much, while  providing enough room for dining in comfort.


16. A chevron wall for a grey kitchen diner

The timeless appeal of a grey colour scheme works as well in a kitchen diner as any other room. Create a statement wall with a delicately patterned grey tile for a classic look with a twist. 

In this kitchen diner, Chevron Wall Tile in Grey from The Baked Tile Company adds interest to the sink area. 

Chevron Wall in Dark Grey from The Baked Tile Company

(Image: © The Baked Tile Company)

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